Skip to comments.Another Olympic problem — squat toilets
Posted on 03/19/2008 9:09:14 AM PDT by cowtowney
BEIJING - Among all the protests, pollution concerns and talk of boycotts surrounding the Beijing Olympics, a more basic problem has arisen for organizers: the toilets.
At the more than 30 test events held by organizers, the presence of squat toilets at many of the new and renovated venues has drawn frequent complaints.
"We have asked the venues to improve on this, to increase the number to sit-down toilets," Yao Hui, deputy director of venue management for the Beijing organizers, said Wednesday. "Many people have raised the question of toilets."
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Should this be under “Breaking News”?
“Breaking Wind News”
How do you keep your clothing clean?
Not to mention making them handicapped-accessible.
Actually, squatty potties are standard in third world countries. Just be careful not to drop anything. Getting it out is messy!
I have a good friend from Beijing. The first thing she noticed and really liked about the US was the toilet availability. Apparently, China does not provide toilets at historic sites. She was impressed that we could keep our historic sites historic, yet still provide modern toilets. I see that their toilet problem does not end at their historic sites.
What happens if you lose your balance?
Stay home. Watch on TV.
How big is the hole? What if you miss? You just kick it in? What if that Peking Duck comes back to haunt you and you are not thinking “solid thoughts”?
Will they have TP? That, to me, is a bigger issue. Also, even if they have it, will it feel like Charmin or the NYT (which is, of course, far more suitable for the job, even if it doesn’t feel right)?
The more serious problem is they are providing bamboo shoots instead of toilet paper.
Stay home, and plan to do something else.
A friend of mine was in Moscow in maybe ‘93, ‘94, or ‘95, and said that all of the toilets at McDonalds (regular toilets) had footprints all over the seats, because country folk had been through, and didn’t understand what they were supposed to do. You’d have the same problem in China. It would be a mess.
Carefully. Very carefully.
Not so bad once you get used to it. For some, there might be a real physical limitation. But I don’t suspect that will be the case with Olympians.
What? Admitting that westernizing China will improve China? Wonder how long it will take before his family receives the bill for the bullet his jailers put in the back of his head.
LOL, well having spent 6 weeks in China, I will say that squat toilets are a problem. Can’t speak for men, but for women, it’s a major inconvenience...and even though we were in a large city, the only regular toilet I ever saw was the one in our hotel room. Even in the hotel lobby restroom (and this was a 5 star hotel with outrageous rates) the toilets were squat toilets. Many places you had to purchase sheets of tp before you went into the stalls, or carry your own. And in the parks, well there’s no such thing as toilets, just “trenches” that you have to figure out how to straddle. Definitely a bit of culture shock for me.
“Not to mention making them handicapped-accessible.”
The Chinese government doesn’t have handicapped citizens - -
if you know what I mean.
My experience in China is to bring your own. Best to take baby wipes.
Don’t call ‘um “Bomb Sight $****ers” for nothing.
Used them many a time in other lands.
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